This course provides participants with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of the key elements of construction procurement.


The course aims to provide participants with an in-depth knowledge of the main elements of procurement strategies including consideration of European Union directives on procurement, sustainability, ethical issues and an understanding of the underlying culture of challenges and conflict.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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About this course

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The approach to construction procurement is dependent upon the strategic objectives of the client and the critical success factors of the project. Therefore, the decision and implementation of a procurement system and tendering strategy can have a significant impact on the success of the project. Furthermore, the increasing complexity and diversity of procurement systems available locally, nationally and internationally have resulted in the need, for those involved in the procurement process of a project, to have a robust comprehensive understanding of the legislative frameworks, inherent procurement practices and processes and the potential for challenges which may arise. This course will therefore provide participants with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of the key elements of construction procurement and to critically assess the strategic importance of procurement in relation to project success.

This course should be of interest to construction industry/related professionals who desire the opportunity to develop and enhance their strategic management abilities to improve organisational and project performance.

Linked programmes

PgCert/PgDip/MSc Construction Business and Leadership (with management specialisms), PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework – (1) Professional Report (5000 words) and (2) Presentation (20 minutes).


This course requires attendance on four individual days from 9.15am – 4.15pm on:

27 September 2018

18 October 2018

8 November 2018

29 November 2018

Attendance is also required for the presentation on 12 January 2019 (date to be confirmed).

Entry requirements

Degree in a Built Environment related area including, but not limited to, architecture, quantity surveying, civil engineering, construction management, building services and project management. Other degrees may be accepted.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 27 September 2018
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 27 September 2018

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment

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